But I poked my head back in to see that What's Wrong With the World is having a kind of post-defeat spasm, where they look around and what amounts to the ashes of an intellectual kingdom (in which they had, at best, a tiny fiefdom) and do their best to try and look all noble in spite of it all.
You know the drill. Woe and lament, but yet we persevere! For we are the Purehearted (ecumenical!) Knights of the Lord God, and we shall fight against Evil wherever it lay, and Lo' the Lord shall look upon us with our glorious *sneering* and... blah, blah, blah.
Bullshit, in other words.
But let me zero in on the juiciest bit.
I’m proud to be associated with my W4 co-contributors because they are such men. May their tribe increase, and may we be able to see, ten years further on, how we contributed to its increase.First, I note the irony of the invocation of 'may your tribe increase', among people whose hallmark is 'regarding those who value their "tribe" to be wicked and evil'.
But more than that... 'increasing your tribe' is the one thing this lot - the entire "respectable, Old Guard conservative" lot - has been utterly incapable of doing... pretty much ever. As Vox Day has pointed out, conservatives conserve nothing in America. The left has stolen, one after the other, their corporations, their churches, and their culture. (Even Archie Comics is converged, for Christ's sake.) The alt-right and Trump right, meanwhile, has stolen their party, their voice, and - with the exception of the ones the SJWs stole - their children.
You can easily identify the sort of people who W4 represents, at any mixed conservative gathering. Just ask: "Who in the audience is post-menopause or can't get an erection without a pill?"
There's their tribe, ladies and gentlemen. Everyone else is going in a different direction. The children of the W4-styled tribe have left, either identifying as pangendered, or sharing dank memes on the internet.
That is where all their enemies have come from - some of the wicked and evil they're warring against know them as "mom" and "dad". Maybe it's painful to cop to, but I assure you... the brand of conservatism these guys are selling, has failed completely. Finally - if suddenly - they've even been robbed of the intellectual legitimacy they used to have, and they are not going to reclaim it. I've urged them to ask why that is the case, but time and experience has told me that THAT is what they'd really die than do.
The good news for the rest of us is - we now have alternatives. We continue to fight, we find new friends, new tactics, and for the first time in a long time there's something new - and good - in the air. Don't worry too much about those clinging to the corpse of Buckley. They'll be fine - coping with losing is one thing they've actually managed to get good at.